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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Performance Monitor for AutoCAD Now Available - It is Alive in the Lab

When I first saw this last week, I didn't see the need to post it here. Then one of my techs sent it to me as a great tool for our customers to help manage their computer resources (Thanks Mary!)

Use the Autodesk Performance Monitor to gauge the virtual memory utilized by running versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD-based vertical products. Speaking of virtual memory, I will have a blog post in the very near future about something that will make all of this obsolete. Stay tuned...

Supported AutoCAD versions include:

  • AutoCAD 2009-2011
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009-2011
  • AutoCAD Map 3D 2009-2011
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2009-2011
  • AutoCAD Plant 3D 2009-2011
No, Revit isn't on the list yet. I'm sure it's on the To Do list.

For Revit users, perhaps you'd like to try Process Explorer from Microsoft.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

The Performance Monitor is a Windows desktop gadget that provides a color-coded status bar indicating the level of usage of virtual memory by AutoCAD products. When large amounts of virtual memory are in use, the running process may become unstable. The technology preview supports Wndows 7 and Windows Vista at this time. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported.

Source: http://labs.blogs.com/its_alive_in_the_lab/2010/09/performance-monitor-for-autocad-now-available.html

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AutoCAD is a powerful program. With power comes the need for system resources. You can get an indicator of how much virtual memory AutoCAD is using with a new technology preview that is available on Autodesk Labs.

Free Download of Performance Monitor for AutoCAD via Autodesk Labs

So hook this baby up and let us know how it works at labs.acad.perfmon@autodesk.com.

Monitoring if AutoCAD provides a command performance is alive in the lab.

Supported operating systems include:
  • Windows Vista 32- and 64-bit
  • Windows 7 32- and 64-bit
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